U.S. economy adds weak 88,000 jobs in March; unemployment rate at 7.6%

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. economy added 88,000 jobs in March. The unemployment rate is 7.6 percent. Both these numbers are adjusted for ordinary seasonal trends. This appears to be a weak report, indicating continued economic…

On the passings of Roger Ebert and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

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Two unlikely titans of the film industry died in the last couple of days. Last night, after hearing that Roger Ebert’s cancer was leading him to cut back on reviews, I read his upbeat, newsy blog post from April 2nd…

Strings triumphant at Savannah Music Festival

Last night I made my way to the Savannah Music Festival’s classical program “Triumphant Strings” at Trinity United Methodist Church in part to hear the premiere of a commissioned piece by young composer Charlotte Bray. But, as festival director Rob…

A few thoughts on Stephanie Cutter becoming Savannah’s permanent city manager

I hope that those who thought that the widespread opposition to Small-Toney was due only to racism and/or sexism are paying close attention to the support that Cutter has won in recent months.

More thoughts on the proposed Christ Church Anglican at Drayton and 37th


My City Talk column today covers the proposed Christ Church Anglican parish house and sanctuary at the northeast corner of Drayton and 37th streets in Savannah. Many of you know the corner — much of that entire block has been…

T-SPLOST and the nonexistent Plan B for transportation in Georgia

I really don’t see how we get through this political dysfunction until a much larger percentage of voters understands that there simply isn’t money to address the very real transportation needs that we face.

ZZ Top – Johnny Mercer Theatre – 05/23/13


Well this hasn’t even turned up yet on the ZZ Top website, but it’s listed on the awkward Savannah Civic Center site. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale on Friday, April 5th at 10 a.m.

The Cure, Mumford & Sons, Vampire Weekend, Baroness among acts slated for Lollapalooza


The lineup for Lollapalooza, slated for August 2-4 in Chicago’s Grant Park, was released earlier today.

Headliners include The Cure, Mumford & Sons, The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, The Postal Service, Vampire Weekend, New Order, Queens of the Stone Age, The National, and The Lumineers.

There are a fair number of acts that have played Savannah in recent years, and it’s also worth noting that Baroness will be playing Lollapalooza.

Considering the construction rebound


I’m feeling pretty upbeat about the U.S. economy these days. But we’ve heard upbeat before from commentators, right? Like in the first months of 2011, and then again in the first months of 2012. This year might really be different,…

Cops masquerade as music lovers online to shut down DIY house shows in Boston

From an incredibly entertaining piece at Slate, Boston police catfishing indie rockers: Cops pose as punks on the Internet: A recently passed nuisance control ordinance has spurred a citywide crackdown on house shows—concerts played in private homes, rather than in…

David Stockman and “Sundown in America”: is he right?

Human beings have often grabbed onto the idea that we’re living in exceptional times, that we’re living on the verge of the end of the world. I think that apocalyptic impulse has risen with the economic frights of the last few years.

And I agree with Stockman on some of his points, including that the stock market is being propped up by Fed policy. But I don’t see any sign of the economy unraveling as Stockman seems to believe so fervently.

SMF’s Swing Central Jazz with music under the oaks in Reynolds Square


It was great to see the youthful talent and energy on display, not to mention the obvious diversity that jazz attracts. A lot of kids are forming great memories of Savannah through Swing Central Jazz.